Man Indicted for Carving Pentagram on Son

Monday, Feb 25, 2013  |  Updated 3:27 PM CDT
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A Richland Hills man called 911 and told the operator that he had carved a pentagram on the back of his 6-year-old son, police say.

Amanda Guerra, NBC 5 News

A Richland Hills man called 911 and told the operator that he had carved a pentagram on the back of his 6-year-old son, police say.

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Father Who Carved Pentagram on Son Had Previous Arrest

Brent Troy Bartel was arrested and charged with assaulting his son after he carved a pentagram into his 6-year-old son's back. Bartel was previously arrested in 2007 for bizarre behavior.

Father Accused of Carving Pentagram Into Son

Richland Hills police say Brent Troy Bartel is accused of carving a pentagram on his 6-year-old son's back, telling a 911 dispatcher that he did it because "it's a holy day."
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A North Texas grand jury has indicted a man who admitted in a 911 call that he carved a pentagram on his 6-year-old son's back.

Brent Troy Bartel could face up to 20 years in prison if found guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The 39-year-old Bartel has a court hearing scheduled for Wednesday in Tarrant County, just west of Dallas.

Bartel called 911 on Dec. 12, 2012, and said he had shed "innocent blood," and etched the pentagram on his son because it was "a holy day," according to a recording of the call. It is not clear to which faith he was referring.

Police say Bartel smeared the boy's blood on the front doorway of his home.

Bartel remained jailed Monday on a $500,000 bond.

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